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In The Kite Runner, why does Amir feel guilty how does this guilt affect him, and how...

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Posted February 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM via web

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In The Kite Runner, why does Amir feel guilty how does this guilt affect him, and how does try to atone for his sins?

Concerning "Amir's Quest for Redemption":

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 17, 2011 at 3:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Amir's quest for redemption in The Kite Runner becomes the most powerful force in his adult life. Amir feels constant guilt over his treatment of Hassan. Their class differences prevented Amir from accepting Hassan as a true friend, but Amir's more direct behavior was more troubling. He failed to come to Hassan's assistance when he was raped by Assef's gang, and his jealousy over Baba's attention prompted him to plant the evidence that seemed to prove Hassan guilty of theft. These cruel truths bothered Amir somewhat before he and Baba left Kabul, but they became overpowering when Amir reached adulthood in California. Amir compensated by becoming even closer to his father, and this contents him somewhat. But following Baba's death, Amir learns that Hassan is also Baba's son, and this fact merely reopens the old wounds. In Amir's mind, there is only one way to atone for his past mistakes: He must make the dangerous trip back to Afghanistan and recover Hassan's son, Sohrab--Amir's own flesh and blood as well. Only in this way will he ever complete his quest for redemption.

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